"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

Small disconnected facts, if you take note of them, have a way of becoming connected.

[On the little things.: Walker Percy, The Thanatos Syndrome]

Posted by Patrick Coryell on 06.24.2009


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